Published February 18, 2014

Shelia Shares....
"If Only..."

Intended to be compassionate, the note included with the sympathy card I received gave one line of caring words. The other three pages told how bad a year the writer had experienced. Unfortunately, I can't say it raised my spirits or encouraged me.

I was reminded of how easy it is to focus on the bad and forget all the good we've had. I was reminded of how self-centered we can be, forgetting that our objective is to offer comfort to someone else who is hurting.

How often have I thought that I would be thankful if only...

I would be thankful for winter, if only I didn't have to deal with snow. (This is in my mind with the foot of snow we got recently on top of the previous storm's snow. We could mention spring with the rain, summer with the heat and fall with the fallen leaves to rake.)

I would be thankful for morning, if only I didn't have to get up. (We could mention thankful for daytime if I didn't have to work or thankful for evening if it stayed light later.)

I would be thankful for the meal, if only it didn't include spinach. (We could mention thankful for the dinner if it didn't take so much time to prepare it or for the restaurant meal if it wasn't so expensive.)

Sometimes our ungratefulness includes God. I would be thankful for God, if only He answered my needs now. I would be thankful for God if only He answered the way I wanted Him to answer.

Psalms 107:8, 9 reads: "Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness."

Don't miss out on God's goodness with the "if onlys." The Lord is good. He satisfies. Oh, give thanks to the Lord for His satisfying goodness.

- Shelia

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